5 September 2012
Three new health ministers, including a junior doctor, have been announced as part of the Cabinet reshuffle.
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Conservative MP Daniel Poulter, a specialty trainee in obs and gynae, was promoted in the shake-up.
He joins former Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb and Broxtowe Conservative MP Anna Soubry at the Department of Health. They replace Conservatives Simon Burns and Anne Milton and Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow. Earl Howe remained in his health minister role.
Former culture, media and sport secretary Jeremy Hunt is the new health secretary.
Dr Poulter has been a member of the Commons health select committee since his election as an MP in May 2010. He is continuing to practise medicine part time ‘to keep in touch with the real world and the problems and concerns of the people of Suffolk’.
He resigned from the BMA earlier this year because of his opposition to the industrial action over pensions.
North Norfolk Liberal Democrat MP Mr Lamb was Liberal Democrat health spokesperson from 2006 to 2010.
Ms Soubry was elected to Parliament in May 2010 and had been working as parliamentary private secretary to former health minister Mr Burns since November 2010.
BMA council chair Mark Porter said the reshuffle would provide a ‘fresh opportunity for doctors and government to work together to improve patient care and deal with the many challenges facing the NHS’.